How to involve young people in designing your project

Two young girls in American football suits play fighting with each other and smilingInterested in applying to the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund, to help young people spark a change in their lives? You’re far more likely to be awarded funding if you can demonstrate that young people have been involved in designing and developing your project idea.

One of the best ways to involve young people in your project is through ‘co-design.’ If you’re scratching you head wondering what exactly co-design is, here’s a definition from the Year of Young People Co-design Blueprint:

“Co-design is about involving young people much earlier in decision making processes through a highly participative approach, developing informed insights, ideas, recommendations and solutions for policy and practice. Co-design is about much more than basic consultation; it seeks to engage young people with shared power and resources.”

In other words, it means making sure that young people are at the heart of the planning process for activities that take place during the Year of Young People 2018.

So with this in mind, here are six tips on how to co-design your project idea with young people:

  1. View and treat young people as vital partners in the planning and organisation of your project, and include them in any major decisions
  2. Wherever possible, encourage young people to take the lead, improve their skills and increase their confidence
  3. Ensure young people are a key part of the driving force which shapes, develops and delivers your project
  4. Be inclusive of all young people, including young people from protected groups, and work to challenge discrimination
  5. Take into account what issues are important to young people and think about what you can offer to help address them
  6. Make sure that young people will continue to be involved with your organisation, creating a lasting legacy beyond 2018

Hopefully these guidelines, which were co-designed by young people, will help you to involve young people in designing and developing your project when applying to the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund.

Additionally, for more information on co-design, you can click here to download the Co-design Blueprint or visit

Alternatively, you can download and watch our webinar to learn more before applying and have the opportunity to ask any questions. 

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